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Adlon, Berlin, Germany

Location: The Grand Hotel Adlon is definitely the most prominent hotel in Berlin, and without a doubt one of the best hotels in Germany. After World War II, the legendary Adlon Hotel was destroyed by a fire, but has been rebuilt after the wall came down and reopened in style in 1997. The inauguration of the new Adlon has restored an international grand hotel to this traditional location in Berlin's historic centre. The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is situated in the heart of Berlin, next to the famous Brandenburg Gate. Originally, the address was “Unter den Linden 1”, however, still at the very same location, the address was changed to “Unter den Linden 77”. Some rooms of the Adlon have a view of the famous Brandenburg Gate, which once was the dividing line between East and West-Berlin. Now, the Eastern part, with “Unter den Linden“, the promenade in front of the Adlon, crosses the new posh shopping street Friedrichstrasse. “Unter den Linden“ itself continues to the “Deutsche Staatsoper unter den Linden“, the leading opera in town and ends at the “Palast der Republik“ at the place of the former castle of the German Emperor, which will hopefully be rebuilt again in former glory over the next couple of years.

History: The old Adlon was initially inaugurated by the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1907 and was the premier hotel in Germany until it burnt down. The hotel quickly became the most fashionable meeting place in Berlin for royalty, diplomats, politicians, artists, actors and international dignitaries: Marlene Dietrich, Thomas Mann, Enrico Caruso, Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin, just to name a few. Lorenz Adlon, the founder of the Adlon Hotel, had a strong vision: to create the most opulent hotel in the world, setting standards previously unseen in the hotel industry. Facilities included hot and cold running water at the time, gas and electricity and a refrigeration and cooling system linked into a fountain. There was even a power plant, which provided electricity to the 110 volt light bulbs produced specially for the hotel. Shortly after opening, Lorenz Adlon’s vision was realized when the Hotel Adlon was acknowledged to be “one of the most beautiful hotels in the world”. Its architecture, interior design and advanced technology were praised across the globe. 

Rooms and Suites: The new Adlon follows the old traditions as a hotel which is run firmly on the lines of a luxury class hotel, but which nevertheless does not shun modern elements. Maximum comfort, stylish and exquisite appointments in the rooms and public areas, as well as perfect service which provide the essential conditions for a first-class hotel of international renown. Not least because of its prominent position and proximity to the parliament, the Adlon is once again regarded as the "government's unofficial guest-house", providing a home-from-home for state visitors and celebrities from all over the globe. In addition to 401 rooms and suites, including two luxurious presidential suites, the Adlon also boasts elegant salons and function rooms which look out onto the Pariser Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building (Germany's parliament) and Berlin's magnificent boulevard "Unter den Linden". The light and airy conservatory, two spacious ballrooms, the prestigious lobby with mosaic dome and mezzanine offer extensive scope for festive occasions, conferences and receptions.

Restaurants and Bars: The Adlon offers three main restaurants. The ”Quarré”, at the “Pariser Platz” at the in the ground floor, where you can also sit outside and where breakfast is served. The “Adlon Stube” offers German cuisine and wine. There is also, at the first floor,  the Michelin starred ”Lorenz Adlon”, which offers best haute cuisine with a strong French influence as well as a view of the Brandenburg Gate. A unique feature of the new Adlon is that it offers one of the largest selections of mineral waters in Europe - there is even a special "Mineral Water Menue". The exclusive “Selection of Waters” with many other healthily refreshing and tasty waters is offered in the hotel lobby, in the restaurants ”Lorenz Adlon” and ”Quarré” as well as on the outside terrace. Afternoon tea is served by a tea master in the lobby and the bar in the entrance hall. For the most unique choice of cake there is the “Pariser Platz Torte”, only available at the Adlon. For the evening - why not try the "Adlon Kaiser Cup" – a cocktail you will not get nowhere else in the world.

Sport and Spa: The Adlon also has a swimming pool in the basement of the Adlon as well as a large spa area. The spa consists of a sauna, steam bath, solarium as well as treatment rooms for  “La Prairie” from Switzerland treatments. Additionally, a luxurious Adlon Day Spa with a surface of 610 square metres is available from mid-2005. Apart from a health bar, a fireplace lounge and a yoga room there are several treatment areas ranging from 14 to 30 square metres, which are designed like a first-class suite with jacuzzi, shower, sauna, closet and an individual lounge at their exclusive disposal. The interior design of the day spa mirrors on the one hand Manhattan, with chalky oak wood, bright limestone and coloured lighting behind white screens – on the other hand also a more original Indonesian art, for example with antique Garuda sculptures. All rooms of the Adlon have a direct access to the Spa.

Address Details:
Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin
Unter den Linden 77, D-10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel:  +49-30-2261-0 
Fax: +49-30-2261-2222
e-mail: reservations.adlon@kempinski.com
website: www.hotel-adlon.de

Room Rates (in Euro):
Executive Room: Single € 320 or Double € 370 
Deluxe Room: Single € 360 or Double € 410 
Superior Deluxe Room (Unter den Linden view) : Single € 440 or Double € 490 
Junior Suite:  € 650, Unter den Linden: € 750, Brandenburg Gate: € 950
Executive Suite (two rooms, Unter den Linden view ): € 950
Pariser Platz Suite (two rooms, Pariser Platz view):  € 1,950
Brandenburg Gate Suite (two rooms, Brandenburg Gate view):  € 3.850
Presidential Suite (three rooms, Brandenburg Gate view):  € 8,500

(rates are inclusive of Value Added Tax of 16%, discretionary service charge and breakfast, prices may vary according to season and availability, please ask for special weekend packages)

Airlines to Berlin: Air Berlin, British Airways, Lufthansa

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